Under the Mediterranean II Conference

6th – 10th April 2022

In October 2017 the ‘Under the Mediterranean’ conference was held in Nicosia, on the centenary of Honor Frost’s birth in Cyprus. Over 100 speakers discussed a number of topics ranging from ship construction, harbours and maritime cultural landscapes to maritime connectivity in the ancient world. The ‘Under the Mediterranean II’ conference to be held in Malta in April 2022 is a continued reflection of this mission as well as Honor Frost’s connection to the island.

A conference in the heart of Valletta, a UNESCO world heritage site as well as a baroque maritime city is an excellent echo of the title of this conference, ‘Under the Mediterranean II’. The venue is the historic campus of the University of Malta, originally built in the 17th century as a Jesuit College. Today, the Conference and Events Unit, the Research and Innovation Development Trust and the Centre for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution are found here. The campus offers a variety of spaces for conference purposes, including refreshment areas.

Honor Frost’s connection to Malta can be traced back to 1967 and the Mellieħa Bay project. Ms Frost’s subsequent publication ‘The Mortar Wreck in Mellieħa’, can be considered as the beginning of underwater cultural heritage activities in Malta, as well as the beginning of a long association between Ms Frost and Malta, where she kept a house and considered it a second home. This connection will be celebrated through a small ‘Honor Frost in Malta’ exhibition at the Malta Maritime Museum, which will include her notes and illustrations from the Mellieħa Bay excavation.

The Maritime Museum is responsible for the curation of 7000 years of Malta’s maritime history, with numerous exhibitions highlighting the different eras of the island’s maritime history, and housing some 20,000 artefacts in its unique collection. An excursion to the Phoenician Shipwreck Project exhibition is also planned, located in the Citadel of the neighbouring island of Gozo. The exhibition focuses on highlighting the recent discoveries being made from an innovative underwater project.

The full schedule will be posted in due course on the conference webpage, as well as additional information on the venue, local organiser and supporting institutions, travel and accommodation possibilities and options for online payments for conference fees.

For more information you may wish to contact the Conferences and Events Unit on: conferences@um.edu.mt

Click here to find out more about the 2017 Under the Mediterranean Conference

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